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Mayor Kasim Reed to Participate in United Nations Conference on Climate Change

Post Date:12/02/2015 2:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2015

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed to Participate in United Nations Conference on Climate Change
City of Atlanta’s commitment to local solutions on climate to be highlighted

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that Mayor Kasim Reed will travel to Paris to participate in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change from December 3-7. During the trip, Mayor Reed will join other U.S. and global leaders to discuss solutions and partnerships to address the dramatic impacts that a changing climate is having on world populations and economies.

“Climate change is one of the most important issues we face nationally and internationally. It is critical that the voices of local government leaders, especially mayors, are represented during this gathering,” said Mayor Reed. “I firmly believe that while the impact of climate change is global, many of the solutions are local. I look forward to sharing our work in the City of Atlanta with other municipal leaders from around the world, and to learning from them as well.”

Mayor Reed is among the leading city executives in the U.S. on climate change. This year, he addressed a joint U.S.- China summit on climate in Los Angeles, sharing many of the ideas and solutions currently in use in the City of Atlanta with an audience of hundreds of Chinese officials and dignitaries. In November, Mayor Reed presented at the World Economic Forum Conference on Urban Mobility and the McKinsey & Co. Global Infrastructure Initiative in San Francisco. Both events featured national and international business and government leaders, and focused on developing solutions for transportation and sustainability challenges as the world’s population shifts.

Under Mayor Reed’s leadership, the City of Atlanta is innovating and implementing solutions for climate change and sustainability. Among them: undertaking a project to increase its reserve water supply from three days to 90 days by turning the Bellwood Quarry into a reservoir; the Solar Atlanta initiative that will see solar panels installed on 28 firehouses and recreation centers, lowering energy consumption by as much as 40 percent, and the Better Buildings Challenge, a national initiative to lower commercial energy consumption. The City of Atlanta currently leads among participating cities in the Challenge, with buildings representing more than 100,000 square-feet of office space involved.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

 

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